Google has released 2016 trending results for its search engine. Various categories were created, such as People, Dog Questions, Calorie Counts and Election Moments.

The top overall search terms for the United States were Powerball, Prince, Hurricane Matthew, and Pokemon Go.

In the People category searches for Donald Trump took the lead, followed by Hillary Clinton, Michael Phelps and Bernie Sanders.

The How To questions people searched for included “How to play Pokemon Go?” “How to register to vote?” “How to play Powerball?” “How to make slime?” and “How to move to Canada?”

And on the News front, Olympics, Election, Orlando Shooting, Brexit and Zika virus took the lead.

The full list of Google’s search trends for 2016 can be found here.

 

Author:  Nuala Sawyer

Source:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/google-reports-2016-search-trends-trump-powerball-olympics-taking-lead

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Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote by more than 2.86 million ballots, the final tally in the US presidential election has revealed.

According to the Cook Political Report, the Democrat beat the President-elect by 2,864,974 -more than five times the margin garnered by Al Gore in 2000 when he also lost the Electoral College.

The final count comes after 304 electors voted for Donald Trump on Monday, meaning that although two electors defected, he cleared the 270-vote hurdle and will be sworn in as president next month.

Mr Trump's win ranks 46th out of 58 on the list of Electoral College votes secured by US Presidents since George Washington in 1789. His popular vote tally was more than two percentage points lower than Ms Clinton's, at 46.1 per cent against her 48.2 per cent  – or 62.98 million against 65.84 million.

Ms Clinton's tally was just under 72,000 votes shy of Barack Obama's popular vote count in the 2012 election.

Mr Trump won 30 states in the 8 November election, securing 306 of the 538 Electoral College votes – 56.9 per cent of the total.

Only 12 other elections have seen a president receive a lower proportion of Electoral College votes, including George W Bush in 2000 and 2004, and John F Kennedy in 1960.

Confirmation of Mr Trump's victory ended an acrimonious final chapter in an election cycle that saw former president Bill Clinton accuse the director of the FBI, James Comey, of costing his wife the White House, and activists flood the letterboxes of Electoral College members with pleas to abandon the Republican candidate.

Despite the pressure on electors, experts had said a Trump defeat in the Electoral College was extremely unlikely.

Dr Jacob Parakilas, assistant head of the US and Americas Programme at Chatham House, told The Independent: "A lot of this is just a reaction to how outlandish the whole election season has been.

"I think there's also a sense that because Trump won with a significant gap between the Electoral College and the popular vote, that underscores calls for the Electoral College to do something different than it normally does.

"By and large, those calls are going to fall on deaf ears."

Author :Jon Sharman

Source : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hillary-clinton-3-million-popular-vote-donald-trump-us-election-a7487901.html

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Many think the value of the dollar will initially sink against the currencies of developed countries such as the UK, Japan and Switzerland if Trump edges the contest.

The mighty US dollar has been gradually strengthening against most other currencies since May 2016.

This is mainly because the American economy has been performing relatively well (compared with much of Europe and Japan), with employment growing quite strongly.

This momentum has increased expectations of another interest rate hike by the American central bank, the Federal Reserve, which has supported the value of the currency.

Yet the dollar index, which measures the value of the greenback against a basket of global currencies, has slipped slightly in the past week.

This coincides with a tightening of the polls and the higher implied possibility of a Donald Trump victory.

So what will happen to the greenback after the result of the election is announced?

We look below at the two scenarios.

Hillary Clinton wins….

A victory for the experienced Democrat politician is expected to prompt a dollar rally.

Since she was cleared by the FBI of wrongdoing in relation to her emails at the weekend the dollar has already strengthened. 

This trend is expected to continue if Clinton wins the White House.

Notwithstanding her tacking to the left on economic policy in her Presidential campaign to gain the votes of disaffected Americans, few expect any economic policy shocks from Clinton.

Donald Trump wins…

Here the impact is vastly more uncertain – both in the short-term and medium term. 

Many analysts think the value of the dollar will initially sink against the currencies of developed countries such as the UK, Japan and Switzerland if Trump edges the contest.

It will also probably fall against the euro, the second most important global currency.

But some think the dollar could strengthen against developing nation currencies – such as the Mexican peso –  due to anticipation that Trump will push through new protectionist trade policies, which will damage their economies.

There might well also be serious volatility in the dollar if Trump prevails because so little is known about his likely economic policy or who his economic advisers would be.

Signals of major domestic tax cuts or big spending pledges in the following weeks and months could have large impacts on the value of the greenback – but, rather like Trump himself, it is very hard to say in which direction the dollar would move.

Source : independent

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Who is winning the vote right now - and who will win out come election day? Will we see President Donald Trump or President Hillary Clinton? Based on data from RealClearPolitics, here are our latest predictions and an estimate of the final electoral college result.

Will Hillary Clinton win?

Clinton has been ahead almost continuously in the Telegraph's poll of polls, which takes an average of the last five published on RealClearPolitics.

US presidential poll trackerAverage of the last five polls, based on a four-way raceTrumpClintonMar '16May '16Jul '16Sep '16Nov '163540455055Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016

Will Donald Trump win?

The presidential campaign has seen Donald Trump, once a Republican outsider, close the gap on Clinton before falling back after a series of controversies.

Trump has briefly pulled ahead a couple of times - first on 19 May. His polling threatened to consistently overtake Clinton in September, but fell back after a series of allegations.

How does the presidential election work?

Each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, has a set number of electoral college votes to award a candidate, based on the number of members of Congress it has. This is roughly in line with population. Except in Maine and Nebraska, votes are on a winner-takes-all basis.

This system matters, as the popular vote is less important than the electoral college vote. Clinton's campaign should be buoyed by big Democratic states such as New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California, and these populous states could lead her to victory with their large number of electoral college votes.

The states to watch

Swing states – states that often switch between Democrat and Republican in different elections – are also important.States like Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia have the power to swing the election. So far, neither Trump nor Clinton has a significant lead in these crucial states.

How could demographics impact the US election?

Age, race, gender and education are all big dividing points in the presidential race, with polling showing that men and whites are backing Trump while women and ethnic minorities support Clinton.

Race has always been a huge dividing line in the US election, and the clash between Trump and Clinton is no different. Just 17 per cent of Hispanics and three per cent of black people back Trump, according to recent polling.

This could prove significant in this election. For example, Hispanics account for more than a fifth of the population in four key swing states.

Education is another big demographic division in the race - and there's a reason why Trump said he "loved the poorly educated".

Among high school graduates or those with a lower level of education, Trump has the backing of 44% - compared to the 36% who support Clinton.

This could prove significant in the swing states of Georgia and Nevada, which both have a high proportion of people failing to graduate from high school.

We've mapped out each candidate's road to the White House hereand you can keep up with what to look out for in the US Senate and House of Representatives elections with our handy guide.

Source : telegraph

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(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic nominee for President. Clinton is the first woman in American history to be nominated by a major party, and is also the former secretary of state.

Personal:
Birth date: October 26, 1947
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Hillary Diane Rodham
Father: Hugh Rodham, a businessman
Mother: Dorothy (Howell) Rodham
Marriage: Bill Clinton (October 11, 1975-present)
Children: Chelsea
Education: Wellesley College, B.A., 1969; Yale University Law School, J.D., 1973
Religion: Methodist
Other Facts:Hillary and Bill Clinton met in the Yale Law Library in the early 1970s.
The first former First Lady to be elected to the U.S. Senate and to hold a federal cabinet-level position.
Timeline:
1964 - Works on the presidential campaign of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater.
1968 - Switches to the Democratic Party and campaigns for Eugene McCarthy.
1970 - Works as a summer intern for civil rights lawyer Marian Wright Edelman.
1973-1974 - Works as an attorney for the Children's Defense Fund.
January 1974 - Begins working for John Doar, the special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, who is in charge of the inquiry in to the possible impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
August 1974 - Moves to Arkansas to teach at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
1974-1977 - Director of Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
1974-1977 and 1979-1980 - Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
1976-1992 - Attorney at Rose Law Firm, Little Rock, Arkansas. Is named partner in 1979.
1978 - President Jimmy Carter appoints Clinton to the board of directors of the Legal Services Corp., an organization that provides federal funds to legal-aid bureaus throughout the United States.
1978 - Bill Clinton is elected governor of Arkansas. Hillary Clinton continues to work at Rose Law Firm, making her the first First Lady of Arkansas to continue working while her husband is governor.
1979 - Governor Clinton appoints her chairperson of the Rural Health Advisory Committee, whose members deal with the issue of providing health care in isolated areas.
1979 - The Whitewater Development Corp. is formed by the Clintons and James and Susan McDougal.
1980 - Governor Clinton loses the 1980 gubernatorial election. He returns to office in 1982, and is re-elected in 1984, 1986, and 1990.
1983 - Governor Clinton appoints his wife to head the Arkansas Education Standards Committee.
1988 and 1991 - Hillary Clinton is named one of the 100 most influential U.S. lawyers by the National Law Journal.
1992 - Bill Clinton is elected president.
January 1993 - The president names Clinton to lead the Task Force on National Health Care Reform.
September 28, 1993 - Testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee in support of President Clinton's health care package. The health care reform bill is later defeated by Congress.
February 6, 2000 - Announces her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
May 16, 2000 Accepts the nomination of the New York State Democratic Party for the U.S. Senate.
September 20, 2000 - Independent counsel Robert Ray announces that the evidence found in the Whitewater case is insufficient to prove that the Clintons knowingly participated in any criminal conduct.
November 7, 2000 - Is elected to the U.S. Senate with 56% of the vote.
February 13, 2001 - Makes her first address on the floor of the Senate.
June 9, 2003 - Releases her memoir, "Living History." The book sells over 200,000 copies on its first day of release.
November 7, 2006 - Clinton is re-elected for a second term.
January 20, 2007 - Announces she is creating an exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential race.
January 8, 2008 - Wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary with 39% of the vote.
June 7, 2008 - Suspends her presidential campaign and endorses Barack Obama.
August 27, 2008 - Clinton is formally nominated as a candidate for president at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. She receives 341 votes before interrupting the roll call to ask that Obama be nominated by acclamation.
January 21, 2009 - Is confirmed as secretary of state.
October 15, 2012 - During an interview with CNN, Clinton takes responsibility for the attack on the U.S.
consulate in Benghazi, Libya. She claims as head of the State Department the security of more than 60,000 people in 275 posts is her responsibility.
December 15, 2012 - Sustains a concussion after becoming dehydrated and fainting.
December 30, 2012 - Is hospitalized after doctors discover a blood clot during a follow-up exam related to the concussion. Doctors announce on December 31st that the clot is located in between Clinton's brain and skull, but they are confident she will make a full recovery.
January 2, 2013 - Is released from the hospital.
January 23, 2013 - Secretary Clinton testifies for more than five hours before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
February 1, 2013 - Resigns as secretary of state.
March 18, 2013 - Clinton announces that she supports marriage rights for same-sex couples. In the 2008 presidential primaries she supported civil unions and partner benefits, but not same-sex marriage.
March 2, 2015The New York Times reports that Clinton exclusively used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state. The account, fed through its own server, raises security and preservation concerns. The House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya discovered the personal account when the Department of State -- through Clinton -- provided those emails to the committee.
March 10, 2015During a press conference, Clinton says she used a private domain for her official work during her time at the State Department out of "convenience," but admits in retrospect "it would have been better" to use multiple emails.
April 12, 2015Clinton officially announces a second bid for the White House. The initial word comes in an email to supporters from John Podesta, a longtime Clinton ally, then a video launched on YouTube and a newly minted Facebook page. Shortly after declaring her candidacy for president, she resigns from the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation's board of directors, according to foundation officials.
August 11, 2015 - Clinton's spokesman announces that she will turn over her private email server and a flash drive to Justice Department officials, as an ongoing probe into the handling of classified information continues. Inspector general, I. Charles McCullough, III notifies Congress that two of Clinton's emails contained top secret materials.
October 22, 2015 - Clinton testifies for 11 hours before the congressional panel investigating the attacks on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya that led to the deaths of four Americans.
May 25, 2016 - A State Department Inspector General report states that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to follow the rules or inform key department staff regarding her use of a private email server, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN.
June 6, 2016According to CNN's delegate and superdelegate count, Clinton has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination and will become the first woman in the history of the United States to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party.
July 26, 2016 - Officially becomes the Democratic Party nominee for President.
 
 
Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for President during the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, July 28. The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state is the first woman to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party.
 
Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight
Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for President during the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, July 28. The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state is the first woman to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party.
Source : cnn
 

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic nominee for President. Clinton is the first woman in American history to be nominated by a major party, and is also the former secretary of state.

Personal:
Birth date:
 October 26, 1947
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Hillary Diane Rodham
    Father: Hugh Rodham, a businessman
    Mother: Dorothy (Howell) Rodham
    Marriage: Bill Clinton (October 11, 1975-present)
    Children: Chelsea
    Education: Wellesley College, B.A., 1969; Yale University Law School, J.D., 1973
    Religion: Methodist
    Other Facts:
    Hillary and Bill Clinton met in the Yale Law Library in the early 1970s.
    The first former First Lady to be elected to the U.S. Senate and to hold a federal cabinet-level position.
    Timeline:
    1964 - 
    Works on the presidential campaign of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater.
    1968 Switches to the Democratic Party and campaigns for Eugene McCarthy.
    1970 - Works as a summer intern for civil rights lawyer Marian Wright Edelman.
    1973-1974 - Works as an attorney for the Children's Defense Fund.
    January 1974 - Begins working for John Doar, the special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, who is in charge of the inquiry in to the possible impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
    August 1974 - Moves to Arkansas to teach at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
    1974-1977 - Director of Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
    1974-1977 and 1979-1980 - Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
    1976-1992 - Attorney at Rose Law Firm, Little Rock, Arkansas. Is named partner in 1979.
    1978 - President Jimmy Carter appoints Clinton to the board of directors of the Legal Services Corp., an organization that provides federal funds to legal-aid bureaus throughout the United States.
    1978 - Bill Clinton is elected governor of Arkansas. Hillary Clinton continues to work at Rose Law Firm, making her the first First Lady of Arkansas to continue working while her husband is governor.
    1979 - Governor Clinton appoints her chairperson of the Rural Health Advisory Committee, whose members deal with the issue of providing health care in isolated areas.
    1979 - The Whitewater Development Corp. is formed by the Clintons and James and Susan McDougal.
    1980 Governor Clinton loses the 1980 gubernatorial election. He returns to office in 1982, and is re-elected in 1984, 1986, and 1990.
    1983 - Governor Clinton appoints his wife to head the Arkansas Education Standards Committee.
    1988 and 1991 - Hillary Clinton is named one of the 100 most influential U.S. lawyers by the National Law Journal.
    1992 - Bill Clinton is elected president.
    January 1993 - The president names Clinton to lead the Task Force on National Health Care Reform.
    September 28, 1993 - Testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee in support of President Clinton's health care package. The health care reform bill is later defeated by Congress.
    February 6, 2000 - Announces her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
    May 16, 2000 - Accepts the nomination of the New York State Democratic Party for the U.S. Senate.
    September 20, 2000 - Independent counsel Robert Ray announces that the evidence found in the Whitewater case is insufficient to prove that the Clintons knowingly participated in any criminal conduct.
    November 7, 2000 - Is elected to the U.S. Senate with 56% of the vote.
    February 13, 2001 - Makes her first address on the floor of the Senate.
    June 9, 2003 - Releases her memoir, "Living History." The book sells over 200,000 copies on its first day of release.
    November 7, 2006 - Clinton is re-elected for a second term.
    January 20, 2007 - Announces she is creating an exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential race.
    January 8, 2008 - Wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary with 39% of the vote.
    June 7, 2008 - Suspends her presidential campaign and endorses Barack Obama.
    August 27, 2008 - Clinton is formally nominated as a candidate for president at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. She receives 341 votes before interrupting the roll call to ask that Obama be nominated by acclamation.
    January 21, 2009 - Is confirmed as secretary of state.
    October 15, 2012 - During an interview with CNN, Clinton takes responsibility for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. She claims as head of the State Department the security of more than 60,000 people in 275 posts is her responsibility.
    December 15, 2012 - Sustains a concussion after becoming dehydrated and fainting.
    December 30, 2012 - Is hospitalized after doctors discover a blood clot during a follow-up exam related to the concussion. Doctors announce on December 31st that the clot is located in between Clinton's brain and skull, but they are confident she will make a full recovery.
    January 2, 2013 - Is released from the hospital.
    January 23, 2013 - Secretary Clinton testifies for more than five hours before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
    February 1, 2013 - Resigns as secretary of state.
    March 18, 2013 - Clinton announces that she supports marriage rights for same-sex couples. In the 2008 presidential primaries she supported civil unions and partner benefits, but not same-sex marriage.
    March 2, 2015 - The New York Times reports that Clinton exclusively used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state. The account, fed through its own server, raises security and preservation concerns. The House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya discovered the personal account when the Department of State -- through Clinton -- provided those emails to the committee.
    March 10, 2015 - During a press conference, Clinton says she used a private domain for her official work during her time at the State Department out of "convenience," but admits in retrospect "it would have been better" to use multiple emails.
    April 12, 2015 - Clinton officially announces a second bid for the White House. The initial word comes in an email to supporters from John Podesta, a longtime Clinton ally, then a video launched on YouTube and a newly minted Facebook page. Shortly after declaring her candidacy for president, she resigns from the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation's board of directors, according to foundation officials.
    August 11, 2015 - Clinton's spokesman announces that she will turn over her private email server and a flash drive to Justice Department officials, as an ongoing probe into the handling of classified information continues. Inspector general, I. Charles McCullough, III notifies Congress that two of Clinton's emails contained top secret materials.
    October 22, 2015 - Clinton testifies for 11 hours before the congressional panel investigating the attacks on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya that led to the deaths of four Americans.
    May 25, 2016 - A State Department Inspector General report states that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to follow the rules or inform key department staff regarding her use of a private email server, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN.
    June 6, 2016 - According to CNN's delegate and superdelegate count, Clinton has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination and will become the first woman in the history of the United States to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party.
    July 26, 2016 - Officially becomes the Democratic Party nominee for President.
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    Have you thought about how the world could change if the likely frigid morning of January 20 echoes with these words: “I Hillary Rodham Clinton do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States…”?

    To some, the prospect is invigorating. To others, it’s terrifying. To WalletHub, however, the question is at least somewhat quantifiable. We crunched the numbers on what’s likely in store for everything from GDP growth and the S&P 500 to tax rates and healthcare coverage should Sec. Clinton become the second President Clinton on Election Day. Below, you can check out what we found, along with commentary from experts in each category. You can also learn what the other side of the coin has in store for us from our corresponding report on a Trump victory. Happy voting!

    Area Of Interest

    Projected Impact

    Personal Taxes Higher tax rate (43.6%) for people who make $5M+
    Corporate Taxes Close various loopholes and regulate high-frequency trading
    Stock Market Historically, market has increased by an average of 13.84% with a Divided Congress
    Unemployment Spend $125B on job-creation initiatives
    Education Debt-free college for families who earn less than $125K per year; Common Core remains
    Social Security No Higher retirement age and payroll tax cap ($250K); no privatized Social Security;
    Health Care ACA improvements; Immigrants allowed to participate
    Minimum Wage Higher federal minimum ($12/hr.)

     

    Personal Taxes

    Annual Income

    Clinton’s Proposed Tax Rate

    Current Rate

    $5,000,000+ 43.6% 39.6%
    $415,050 to $4,999,999.99 39.6% 39.6%
    $413,350 to $415,049.99 35.0% 35.0%
    $190,150 to $413,349.99 33.0% 33.0%
    $91,150 to $190,149.99 28.0% 28.0%
    $37,650 to $91,149.99 25.0% 25.0%
    $9,275 to $37,649.99 15.0% 15.0%
    $0 to $9,274.99 10.0% 10.0%
    • Current Annual Tax Revenue$3,276B
    • Projected Impact on Tax Revenue for 2017 (Clinton)$30.4B

    Other Notable Tax Policy Changes

    Issue

    Clinton’s Stance

    Clinton’s Comments

    Estate Tax Permanently reduce the tax threshold for estates to $3.5 million ($7 million for married couples) with no adjustment for future inflation 
    Increase the top rate to 45% percent 
    Establish $1 million lifetime gift tax exemption
    “Then there’s the Estate Tax, which Trump wants to eliminate altogether. If you believe that he’s as wealthy as he says, that alone would save the Trump family $4 billion. It would do nothing for 99.8 percent of Americans. So they’d get a $4 billion tax cut, and 99.8 percent of Americans get nothing.”
    Caregiver Benefits Cap child care costs at 10% of income 
    Create tax credit for caregivers of elderly or disabled relatives
    "[Raising children] is the most important job that any of us can do, and we are making it really expensive and very difficult. If we don't support families, we don't support making our country or any community as strong as it can and should be."
    Itemized Deductions Cap all itemized deductions at a tax value of 28%, with exception for charitable contributions "As a result of loopholes and the 'private tax system' of lawyers and accountants who enable complex strategies to shelter and lower the bill on income for the most fortunate, some of the wealthiest taxpayers continue to pay low effective rates on their income."
    Retirement Accounts Close the “Romney loophole” on individual retirement accounts "[Billions of dollars] are drained from retirement accounts because of high fees and conflicts of interest in the investment management industry."
    Alternative Minimum Tax Retain the AMT "I said that I'm in favor of doing something about the AMT. How we do it and how we put the package together, everybody knows, is extremely complicated. ... I want to get to a fair and progressive tax system. The AMT has to be part of what we try to change when I'm president."

    Corporate Taxes

    Issue

    Clinton’s Stance

    Top Corporate Tax Rate No specifics on rates 
    Unspecified business tax reform to raise $275B in five years for infrastructure spending. “Reform our tax code to reward businesses that invest in workers and production here in America, rather than overseas”;
    Top Pass-Through Rate No specifics on rates 
    Unspecified business tax reform to raise $275B in five years for infrastructure spending. “Reform our tax code to reward businesses that invest in workers and production here in America, rather than overseas”;
    Taxation of future foreign earnings No specifics on rates 
    Unspecified business tax reform to raise $275B in five years for infrastructure spending. “Reform our tax code to reward businesses that invest in workers and production here in America, rather than overseas”;
    Mandatory Tax, Untaxed Accumulated Foreign Earnings No specifics on rates 
    Unspecified business tax reform to raise $275B in five years for infrastructure spending. “Reform our tax code to reward businesses that invest in workers and production here in America, rather than overseas”;
    Inversions Impose an “exit tax” on corporations who leave the country or transfer (virtual) assets to another country
    Offshoring Reclaim tax breaks from corporations that ship jobs overseas and use proceeds to invest in America. Provide tax incentives to encourage investment in the hardest-hit manufacturing communities
    Cost Recovery No Stated Position
    Business interest expense No Stated Position
    R&D Expenses Use revenue from closed loopholes to help drive growth and strengthen R&D
    Derivatives Require annual “mark to market” for contracts annually;
    Other Business Provisions Eliminate tax incentives for fossil fuels. End the “Bermuda reinsurance loophole”. Tax high-frequency trading

     

    Stock Market

    Historical Performance of Her Democratic Predecessors

    • Historically, the S&P 500 has grown at a 13.84% annual rate with a Democratic president and a divided Congress.
    • The S&P 500 has grown at a 17.03% annual rate with a Democratic president and a Republican Congress.

    Unemployment

    Initiative

    Planned Investment

    More Info

    Youth Employment $20 billion Program will: 
    Support millions of youth jobs by providing direct federal funding for local programs that will put our kids to work.
    Formerly Incarcerated People $5 billion Program will: 
    Create reentry programs for formerly incarcerated people
    Small Business Growth $25 billion Program will: 
    Support entrepreneurship and small business growth in underserved communities
    Infrastructure Opportunity Fund $50 billion Program will: 
    Make significant new investments in public transit systems that connect the unemployed and underemployed to the jobs they need. 
    Rebuild crumbling water systems to safeguard the public health and save billions of gallons of drinking water. 
    Work to ensure that these investments are creating jobs and opportunity for local residents and small businesses.
    Housing Investment Program $25 billion Program will: 
    Support families as they save for sustainable homeownership. 
    Build more affordable rental housing near good jobs and good schools. 
    Overcome pockets of distress.

    Historical Performance of Her Democratic Predecessors

    • Historically, the unemployment has fallen by an average of 0.85 percentage points with a Democratic president and divided Congress.
    • The unemployment rate has fallen by an average of 0.43 percentage point with a Democratic president and a Republican Congress.

    Education

    Issue

    Clinton’s Position

    Clinton’s Comments

    Charter Schools Supports them “While I do support nonprofit charter schools, which comprise the vast majority of public charter schools today, I don’t support for-profit charter schools. At the federal level, for-profit charter schools are already prohibited from receiving funding through programs like the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools Program – a step I fully support.”
    Common Core Supports it “When states came together on Common Core, I thought that was a laudable effort. But, like many Americans, I have concerns about how the Common Core has been implemented.”
    Debt-Free College Supports it for all, as well as tuition-free college for some “I’ve put forward a plan to make college tuition-free for working families, and debt-free for all. We’ll also lift the burden of student debt. It’s called the “New College Compact…”
    • Clinton won the endorsement of the two largest teachers’ unions: NEA and AFT.

    Social Security

    Issue

    Clinton’s Stance

    Clinton’s Comments

    Retirement Age Opposed to raising it “An unfair idea that will particularly hurt the seniors who have worked the hardest throughout their lives.”
    Benefit Cuts No cuts 
    (Opposes closing the long-term shortfall on the backs of the middle class, whether through benefit cuts or tax increases.)
    “Social Security works well, but it should work better.”
    Benefit Increases Supports them for: 
    Widows
    Family Caregivers
    “Social Security works well, but it should work better.”
    Cost-Of-Living Adjustments Against it “Social Security must continue to guarantee dignity in retirement for future generations.”
    Payroll Tax Raise payroll “tax cap” to an estimated $250,000 “Social Security must continue to guarantee dignity in retirement for future generations.”
    Privatization Against it “We can never let Republicans cut or privatize Social Security - we should protect and expand it.”

    Health Care

    Issue

    Clinton’s Stance

    Health Insurance Create a tax credit of up to $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families to help pay high out-of-pocket medical costs. 
    Require insurers to pay for at least three doctor’s visits a year. 
    Prohibit providers from charging out-of- network rates for treatment at in-network facilities. 
    Allow all immigrants to buy ACA marketplace coverage.
    Medicare Allow Medicare to negotiate drug and biologic prices. 
    Extend Medicaid drug rebates to low- income beneficiaries. 
    Allow individuals to buy-into Medicare at a certain age (50 or 55 years old). 
    Expand Medicaid as part of the ACA.
    Medicaid Supports increased federal match rates (100% match for three years) to encourage all states to expand Medicaid.
    ACA Supports the law but wants to reduce cost. 
    Wants to repeal the “Cadillac” tax.

    Minimum Wage

    Issue

    Current Minimum Wage

    Clinton’s Recommended Minimum Wage

    Raise’s Effect on Taxpayers

    Minimum Wage $7.25 $12 770,000 jobs would be lost
    • The following states have a minimum wage of $7.50 or higher: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.
    • California, New York and Washington, D.C., have enacted laws to raise their minimum wage to $15 per hour in the coming years.

    Source : wallethub

    Categorized in News & Politics

    On economic matters, would Hillary Clinton mirror her husband Bill's centrist outlook, or follow along the lines of Obama's more liberal initiatives? Clearly, she'd be different from Bernie Sanders.

    This story was originally published in January. With Election Day almost here, it's worth taking another look at what the U.S. economy may look like under a President Clinton. Also, check out our Hillary Clinton Stock Portfolio, which we'll be tracking until November 8. The introduction and sections below on Wall Street regulation, taxes and corporations have been updated.

    When it comes to matters of Wall Street regulation, taxes, trade and boosting wages, what would Hillary Clinton do?

    Would she mirror her husband Bill, who embraced former Goldman Sachs executive Robert Rubin's vision to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act, deregulate the telecom industry and sign the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which exempted credit-default swaps from government oversight? 

    Or would she follow in the footsteps of President Barack Obama, who signed the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the way to raising taxes on the country's highest earners for the first time since the late-1990s?

    Clinton's detractors warn that she'll cave in to the same bankers who hosted her lucrative speeches before their members. The former secretary of state's unwillingness to make those speeches public bolstered Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign during primary season, giving ample fodder to a movement that has won sizable support for efforts to reshape the country's banking system.

    The former New York senator has sought to deflect warnings that she is loathe to upset Wall Street by touting her support for Dodd-Frank and measures such as strengthening the Volcker Rule, which imposes a "risk fee" on banks that make speculative bets with funds from their own accounts. She's also said she would seek to pass the "Buffett Rule," which would close tax loopholes by establishing a higher minimum rate for those in the highest income bracket.

    Clinton appears to want to appeal to middle-class voters with retirement savings accounts as well as consumer advocates who warn that the Democratic Party has a history of Wall Street appeasement that rivals that of the Republicans.

    "If she is thinking about a policy issue, she's going to want to hear from the business side, the consumer side, the labor side, and in that regard, her positions may not be starkly black-and-white," said Tracy Sefl, a Democratic strategist and former Clinton campaign staffer. "She likes to bring together multiple voices."

    Here's how Clinton plans to deal with the overarching issues affecting the country's economy -- and what effects her actions will have (assuming she's able to push her agenda through Congress):

    Wall Street Regulation

    During the primaries, Sanders was relentless in calling for the breakup of the country's largest banks. Clinton, on the other hand, has taken a more nuanced approach. While Sanders has said he'd reinstate Glass-Steagall within his first year in office, Clinton has countered that more must be done to regulate hedge funds and other entities within the so-called "shadow banking" system. 

    Since clinching her party's nomination, Clinton's focus has turned away from the Democratic primary and is now on Donald Trump and the Republicans. It's a change of course that will allow Clinton to emphasize that while she wants to expand Dodd-Frank, Trump and the rest of the Republican field wants to repeal it.

    Coming just seven years after unemployment spiked to 17% in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Clinton clearly wants to run on a platform of tougher Wall Street enforcement. And for good reason. Some 67% of the U.S. populace wants a president who favors stricter regulation of financial institutions, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in October 2015. Even Republicans to the tune of 58% said they want a candidate willing to toughen Wall Street oversight.

    "It's no surprise that people who were hurt by the crisis want to be protected from Wall Street," Dennis Kelleher, president of Better Markets, a non-profit organization that lobbies for strict enforcement of Dodd-Frank, said in a phone interview from Washington. "Given the hostility of the American people toward financial institutions, no one can get elected, saying they're going to side with Wall Street."

     

    And that puts Clinton in a tight position. Her opponents have on numerous occasions called for Clinton to make public the transcripts of her paid speeches to many of the country's largest financial institutions. The New York Times editorial board in February wrote Clinton should "show voters those transcripts," and GOP operatives are reportedly searching high and low for indications of what she might have said. Clinton has said she will release the transcripts if and when everyone else in the race follows suit on all of their speeches, but suspicions are high that Clinton doesn't want those speeches made public for fear they would reveal a politician eager to please bankers.

    For her part, Clinton has steadfastly insisted that being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to speak to financial firms doesn't preclude her from supporting Dodd-Frank or the Consumer Protection Act, the cornerstone of Obama's financial reforms. In a Feb. 11 debate with Sanders, Clinton said she would seek to re-insert regulations that Republicans took out of the bill in exchange for passage.

    First and foremost was a bank tax to help pay to implement the law. Second was the so-called Volcker Rule, aimed at discouraging banks from making risky investments.

    "This would be a sensible, moderate way to address banks taking risks," Jeffrey Frankel, macro-economics professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, said in a phone interview from Cambridge, Mass. "Republicans have consistently tried to limit funding on the enforcement agencies, both the Consumer Protection Bureau and existing ones. These are steps to raise a little money for enforcement and tax the riskier activities of the big banks."

    Clinton has also proposed levying a "graduated risk fee every year on the liabilities of banks with more than $50 billion in assets, and other financial institutions that are designed by regulators for enhanced oversight." Those fees, Clinton says, would be scaled "higher for firms with greater amounts of debt and riskier, short-term forms of debt." Clinton likens it to a deterrent, a rainy day fund. 

    She would also seek legislation to hold executives accountable by extending the statute of limitations for major financial crimes to 10 years from 5 years, and requiring that executives lose bonus pay when a bank pays a fine related to their bad decisions. Additionally, Clinton has also called for addressing executive compensation schemes that Kelleher says "induce and incentivize recklessness."

    Unlike Sanders, though, Clinton doesn't support restoring Glass-Steagall, which was passed in 1936 in the throes of the Depression to separate commercial banking from investment banking. She insists that even if Glass-Steagall hadn't been repealed, Lehman Brothers, AIG and Bear Stearns, among others, wouldn't have been prevented from making risky bets.

    Rather than focusing on Glass-Steagall, Clinton counters that a different kind of regulatory framework is needed to monitor hedge funds and other non-bank institutions, adding that Dodd-Frank could be used to break up banks, if that's what was required.

    Nonetheless, a group of 170 economists who support Bernie Sanders' more aggressive plans to regulate Wall Street signed a letter arguing that Clinton's plan doesn't sufficiently reduce risk in the financial system, leaving the government vulnerable to institutions deemed too big to fail.

    "Sanders overstates the banking part of finance, and Clinton overstates the shadow banking part of finance," Kelleher said. "Clinton has to continue to talk about importance of regulating the shadow banking system but she needs to also address the too big to fail banks on Wall Street. They're both right but they both have more work to do."

    Remaking the U.S. Tax Code

    This is a biggie, and strikes at the heart of the conflicting world views of the two major parties.

    To highlight her differences with the Republican candidates, Clinton has been emphasizing in campaign speeches that as president she would seek to close the so-called "carried interest loophole." In effect, the provision allows money managers and hedge fund operators to treat fees on their clients' investments as capital gains, which are taxed at a maximum rate of 23.8% rather than the 39.6% rate applied to ordinary income.

    Closing the loophole, and raising taxes on short-term capital gains, are being pitched as concrete steps aimed addressing income inequality, an issue resonating with both Democrats and Republicans.

     

    The carried interest loophole allows "individuals making more than $450 million a year on average are taxed at a lower rate than teachers making around $50,000 on average," wrote Morris Pearl, former managing director of Black Rock, the asset management firm. "There is no more striking example of the cost of corruption than tax loopholes that benefit the 1%."

    Congress considered doing away with the carried interest loophole back in 2012 when Rep. Dave Camp, a Republican who chaired the Ways & Means Committee, proposed a sweeping tax reform plan that included treating carried interest as regular income. Yet even as the House approved such a measure, it died in the Senate.

    Along these same lines, Clinton in January announced a plan to levy a 4% "surcharge" on people earning more than $5 million, generating about $150 billion over 10 years. That's not going to retire the national debt, but it does send a message at a time when her Democratic rival Sanders is gathering strength from progressives insisting that government take substantive actions to address income inequality.

    Essentially, if you're super-rich or make most of your money investing, your taxes will probably go up under a President Clinton. 

    Raising taxes on the wealthy doesn't necessarily hurt the economy, said Michael Lind, a senior fellow at New America, a Washington-based think tank. Tax rates on the highest wage earners was higher before the 1980s when the economy was growing faster, he said.

    "The real question is the 'dead-weight loss' of tax avoidance, tax evasion because rich people have the resources as well as the incentives to avoid paying taxes," Lind said in a phone interview. "That's a loss to the economy, and has a very real impact on raising the deficit."

    To lower the federal deficit, it will likely be necessary for the next president to widen the tax burden for those earning less than $250,000 through increases in sales or consumption taxes, he added. This is not part of Clinton's plan.

    Critics of Clinton's tax plan say that higher investing taxes -- that are already too high -- will hurt economic growth by disincentivizing investment. Legendary investor Warren Buffett, a Clinton supporter, has said, however, that higher taxes on investing won't stop the rich from doing so

    According to the Tax Foundation's analysis, Clinton's plan would raise tax revenue by $498 billion over the next decade on a static basis. However, when taking into account what it says would be a dip in economic output incurred by the plan, it would end up collecting $191 billion.

    U.S. Corporations, Trade and Foreign Policy

    While U.S. corporations may differ with Clinton on taxes, she proved her worth as secretary of state in negotiating free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

    Yet it was in Mexico where Clinton may have forged her most significant achievement when she helped to negotiate an agreement with Mexico and its state-run oil and natural gas company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) to open drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico. The agreement, made on behalf of U.S. energy companies, was hashed out in December 2013 with the signing of the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Agreement, which established a framework to allow U.S. companies to work with Pemex to develop oil reserves that straddle the underwater boundary between the two countries.

    The agreement was approved by Congress, signed by Obama and hailed as a landmark achievement by the American Petroleum Institute.

    Working for the Obama administration, Clinton also helped to lay the groundwork for the Trans-Pacific Partnership even as she has changed her position on the trade treaty as a presidential candidate. The sweeping agreement, negotiated in closed meetings with 11 Pacific Rim nations, lays out myriad rules to lower import tariffs. 

    Yet trade treaties have proven to be political liabilities as many Americans believe they send jobs overseas, and Clinton was quick to distance herself from the TPP, which Congressional leaders have said isn't likely to be considered until after the November elections, despite President Obama's emphatic support of the agreement. 

    In an interview with PBS, Clinton said that she was "worried about currency manipulation not being part of the agreement. We've lost American jobs to the manipulations that countries, particularly in Asia, have engaged in." Her flip-flop on TPP, however, has opened her to criticism from both Sanders and Republican candidates.

    The same can be said of her support for authoritarian regimes such as Hosni Mubarak's Egypt and military coup that ousted Honduras's democratically elected president Manual Zelaya. Both cases reflect the historic economic underpinning of U.S. foreign policy: to open markets for U.S. corporations.

    While supportive of U.S. corporations doing business abroad, Clinton has been critical of efforts by some companies to skirt U.S. taxes by executing mergers with non-U.S. entities. Paradoxically, that's a position she shares with GOP frontrunner Trump, who has condemned the use of so-called tax inversion deals.

    In November, Trump sided with Clinton when she slammed New York-based Pfizer Inc. for attempting to execute a $150 billion merger with Ireland's Allergan PLC in order to change its headquarters, thereby leaving "U.S. taxpayers holding the bag." The sides scrapped the deal in light of new rules from the Treasury Department aimed at squashing it. (The Obama administration has been especially aggressivein its handling of inversions and deal-making.)

    But despite the current rhetoric, Clinton is likely to continue to support free trade, which is widely considered to be good for the economy

    "She is positioning herself as Obama's heir on issues such as trade," said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of politics website Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, in an interview from Charlottesville, Va. "Yes, she did flip on the Trans-Pacific partnership but that's likely to be settled before she would enter office."

    Clinton has taken a harder line on drug pricing, which could have a major impact on the pharmaceutical industry. Clinton rolled out a plan to lower prescription drug costs in September 2015 and announced additional initiatives in September of this year, including the establishment of a dedicated consumer oversight panel to protect consumers from aggressive price hikes. Her plan may very well lower prices, but it could also rock pharmaceutical companies. 

    Wages and Jobs

    On the campaign trail, Clinton has increasingly described herself as "progressive," an indication that she wants to position herself to the left of where she might have been in the past.

    That past included serving on the board of directors at Walmart for six years (1986-92) at a time when the company's worker relations were infamous, and helping to build strategy for an Arkansas governor who rode the centrist Democratic Leadership Council's push for free trade, tough-on-crime policies and welfare reform straight to the White House.

    The DLC, of course, closed its doors back in 2011, a clear sign that the party has moved left.

    And now Clinton wants to show that she has moved left as well, especially on issues of union organizing, immigration and raising the minimum wage, Kondik added. 

    "We can expect a high level of continuity with Obama's policies if she's elected," Kondik said. "While she has tried to move to left a little bit to satisfy the more populist wing of the part, I don't think she is naturally more liberal on economic issues than Obama is, she might actually be less but she's moved to where the party is, which has become more liberal over time."

    At the top of that list is wage stagnation, a direct product of income inequality, which is arguably a product of a tax code with elements that Democrats have called regressive. As James Surowiecki wrote recently in the New York Review of Books "the top 1% of earners take home more than 20% of the income, and their share has more than doubled in the last 35 years. Over that same period, wages and household incomes have risen only slightly."

    Forcing employers to raise salaries probably begins with raising the federal minimum wage. Since 2009, that's been $7.25 an hour. Clinton has proposed a $12 minimum wage target nationally but has also been supportive of the labor-led fight for $15, saying that the $15 target should be implemented where allowed regionally. When pushed by Sanders at an April debate, she said she would sign a bill setting the federal minimum wage at $15 and later clarified her stance that such a bill would have to have certain stipulations in it.

    Whether or not raising the minimum wage would hurt the economy is a source of much debate -- and policy papers -- from competing think tanks, industry lobbyists and labor unions. Yet accepting that some change and displacement would occur, raising the minimum wage may actually be a net longer-term positive for the economy, argues New America's Lind.

     

    "Obviously, businesses that would be unable to pay a higher minimum, whatever it is, would suffer," Lind said. "But having a minimum wage that drives low-wage businesses out of existence arguably is a good thing, as it can force businesses to invest in technology rather than labor, which is a good thing from the point of view of overall national productivity."

    Reality With Republicans Controlling Congress

    To get any of these proposals enacted, Clinton would likely have to barter with a House of Representatives that likely will remain in Republican hands (although Trump at the top of the GOP ticket might change that). Assuming that Clinton is elected president and the Democrats fair poorly in mid-term elections, which is customary, Clinton runs the risk of being the first Democratic president to serve without ever having her party control the House.

    As a result, raising the minimum wage or increasing taxes on higher earners would probably require a grand bargain with Republicans that might have to include lowering the corporate tax rate.

    "Because the political situation will probably be much like it is now, her ability to pass landmark legislation would be blocked," Kondick said. "If you thought Obama's relationship with the House was bad, I don't see why Clinton's would be better. We could be looking at more stalemate.

    Whether such an impasse could be broken would depend on one party gaining significant momentum coming out the election in November. Ultimately, though, Clinton's ability to move her economic agenda will rest on how she decides to govern. Will it be through the centrist positions of her husband's administration, the liberal doctrines of Barack Obama or the populism of Bernie Sanders?

     

    Only Hillary knows.

    Source : thestreet

    Categorized in Others

    The current presidential candidate for the Republican Party, Donald Trump, recently claimed that Facebook, Google, and Twitter are intentionally withholding content about the FBI’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton.

    Mr. Trump made no further attempts to present any evidence on the matter or elaborate these allegations on following tweets but brought up the Democrats’ earlier praising of FBI Director James Comey. However, his accusation is overshadowed by his previous claims.

    Trump’s tweet has garnered more than 30,000 retweets and 60,000 likes from his following but has also spawned a significant number of media responses which seek to counter his claims.

    Could Trump be right about Clinton’s media coverage?

    CNET reported the Clinton emails became a trending topic on Twitter over the weekend and that the ongoing FBI investigation had been at the top of the first page in Google News on Sunday. The Trump campaign did not respond to his request for evidence.

    The report added it was hard to ascertain whether Facebook could have or have not done anything resembling what Mr. Trump is claiming given that its users personalize their feeds and receive news catered to their browsing habits.

    Curiously, none of the companies the Republican Candidate mentioned have come forward to deny the claims.

    Can Google remove information from its search engine?

    Google News has options that allow users to request the removal of certain content from its search results and Google Search also has this feature.

    With that in mind, Clinton sympathizers might have asked Google to remove the information. But even if they did, the news about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal were all over the news.

    Both News and Search encourage users to file individual reports on content they want to remove from the website, but they require interested parties to contact site owners beforehand and will only act on a complaint if it fits with their Removal Policies.

    Can Facebook and Twitter hide information? 

    Facebook will only remove content from the website that goes against their Community Standards which are, notably, undergoing major changes.

    Twitter’s case is similar. Other factors like Google Penalties, which bring down a website in the search results due to various reasons, could cause a particular event to disappear.

    Media outlet Mashable received a statement from Google News in which they reiterated the company did not change stories’ rankings to influence user opinion, nor rankings related in any way to political candidates.

    Is Trump’s accusation just another one of his far-fetched claims? 

    Google has been accused of removing content to help political parties in the past secretly. But every year, the company releases a Transparency Report. It shows who asked for information removal, why, and whether the petition was accepted.

    Facebook is known to keep tabs on what its users do. It is important to avoid unpleasant content from showing the newsfeed, but it is also indisputable proof the company could intentionally take certain posts down. Twitter has also banned many accounts in the past for various reasons.

     

    In conclusion, Donald Trump’s accusation cannot survive a simple Google research. However, the claim is not that far-fetched because Google, Facebook, and Twitter have mechanisms to block specific content from showing on their platforms.

    Source : theusbport

    Categorized in Others

    SANDY — 2016 has provided an interesting election cycle to say the least, and an online study by a Utah-based digital marketing agency shows exactly how interesting it is online.

    Oozle Media, which is based in Sandy, searches trends online for clients. In coming up with a political-themed project with just weeks until the general election, the company decided to analyze how search engine company Google autocompleted search resultsfor the top-two candidates.

    “It’s a pretty interesting way to get an insight into what the general populous thinks (of) a subject by what they search in Google,” said David Smith, Oozle chief operating officer. “I think this is a real unvarnished view on what people are comparing these (candidates) to. Most of it I think is done in jest, but I don’t think you would have seen this same sort of intensity and volume with the previous election.”

    While a couple of results are outlandish, a characteristic was noticed among the results between Trump and Clinton: there’s plenty of negativity toward the Republican and Democratic candidates.

    “There’s been unprecedented negativity in this campaign and both of the (Republican and Democratic) candidates are disliked by a majority of their party, so you see that come through in the search results,” Smith said, noting that much of what is searched is based on what people see and hear and type into Google to research further.

    So what are the crazier results? Clinton is referred to a Sith Lord from the “Star Wars” movie franchise. Trump got compared to “an angry aimless dictator.” Those are just a few of the results.

    Both were compared to villains from the Hunger Games franchise, Oozle team leader Patrik Connole said — but, conversely, both were also referred to as “awesome” and as “bae” in the results showing that the results aren’t all bad.

    “(It was) more creative than we thought when got started,” Smith said.

    Each search was conducted using an incognito tab to lift bias in Google’s regional results customization, thus giving a larger national result instead of what Utah’s results are.

    Smith said Oozle’s future projects don’t bode well for the leading candidates either. The company is finishing a scatterplot based on Google results of “positive to negative and if that inspires confidence or fear.”

    “Overwhelmingly for both candidates, it’s in the ‘inspires fear’ and ‘is negative’ quadrant of the scatterplot,” Smith said. “I’d say three-quarters of the search terms are negative and not confidence inspiring.”

    The negativity toward the leading candidates has helped third-party candidates, especially in the Beehive State.

    On Wednesday, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver was a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and said that Utah’s disdain for either of the major candidates led independent candidate Evan McMullin to his recent surge in the polls.

    Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, center background, speaks during a rally Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Draper, Utah. (Rick Bowmer, AP Photo)

    “Like literally nobody ever heard of him until seven days ago,” Silver said on the show. “He moved up from 10 percent to 31 percent in the polls in the span of about a week.”

    It’s almost no coincidence, Smith said, that McMullin's recent rise has happened among Google search results in the same way his name has risen in the poll numbers — and it all happened after the leaked “Access Hollywood” video of Donald Trump led to a slew of Utah Republican leaders revoking their endorsement of the candidate.

    “(McMullin’s) poll numbers track almost exactly with the number of searches that are happening,” Smith said. “That’s all happened after the Donald Trump video got released.”

    Source : ksl

    Categorized in Internet Search

    The Bucks County Courier Times' recent editorial dismisses Donald Trump as unqualified to be president.

    The Courier Times alleges that the failure of establishment Republican politicians to support Trump is an indictment of his character, statesmanship, political acumen. The Courier Times just doesn't get it: politicians' refusal to endorse is exactly why Donald Trump is presidential material. People know and are disgusted with the "two" party system (let's be honest, there is just one party, two wings on the same bird, two sides to the same coin, controlled and owned by the mega-banks who control our money supply through the private Federal Reserve Corporation, and huge corporations). It is Trump's credo of "Americanism not Globalism," that resonates throughout this country, which the establishment-owned party and media fear and despise.

    People like Paul Ryan and the other bought-and-paid-for politicians have completely colluded with Barack Obama and the globalists in opening our borders, allowing the continued export of our manufacturing base, allowing Obamacare to destroy the middle class, and on and on. These GOP establishment Republicans do not want Donald Trump to win, for fear that they will not be able to maintain the status quo. They fear a shakeup of business as usual.

    Hillary Clinton's threats to her husband's rape victims if they went public (surely worse than Trump's trash talk), theft of the nomination from Bernie Sanders (confirmed in a recent Stanford University study and WikiLeaks emails -- search engine it), psychotic anger issues (documented by Secret Service agents in books and interviews), thefts of hundreds of millions of dollars from impoverished Haitians after the devastating earthquake (the Clinton Foundation tax records show the Haitian people received less than 5 percent of proceeds from the Foundation, the rest going to the Clintons, their family and friends), not to mention the WikiLeaks confirmation that this Foundation is a criminal money laundering enterprise in which business contracts were sold for contributions, including -- get ready -- 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply to the Russians for $100 million, speak volumes about her character (or rather, lack of it).

    And let's not forget her commitment to open borders, threatening our national security. Space constraints prevent me from continuing.

    There is virtually no discussion of the damning WikiLeaks emails in the corporate media (including, sadly, this paper). Instead, we are fed distorted narratives and manipulated polls (for example, sampling twice as many Democrats as Republicans to desperately try to convince the public Hillary is ahead). To read the WikiLeaks emails and see a non-corporate perspective, please go to independent, non-corporate press sites, like the DrudgeReport.com, Breitbart.com, WikiLeaks.com and others, which actually print the emails, allowing people to make up their own minds.

    There is a reason the mainstream media has a trustworthy rating of 6 percent (recent Gallup poll). We must discover the truth for ourselves.

    Source : buckscountycouriertimes

    Categorized in News & Politics
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